One thing is for sure, having a wedding at Disney is nothing short of a grand experience, and if you aren’t the type who wants to get married in front of Cinderella’s Castle have no fear! What about a Star Wars themed wedding or, a wedding that looks like it came straight out of your favorite fairy tale? Not into themes? How about a scenic wedding on the beach?
Disney is all about making your wildest dreams come true and that’s exactly what you should have on one of the most important days of your life. Once you decide that you want to plan your wedding through Disney, you may realize quickly that it can be a little overwhelming. Focusing on a few things at a time is key to keeping your head on straight- we’re going to go over some of the things you should consider while planning your dream Disney wedding.
1. Location, location, location.
One of the first things you should decide is where you want your wedding to take place. There are many options Disney has to offer from various locations across Walt Disney World to a Disney Cruise, to Epcot, or even Disney’s Aulani in Hawaii. Once you figure out where you want your wedding to be, you can more easily figure out how it can be done. The first place to visit is www.disneyweddings.com where many of your planning questions can be answered.
2. Establish your budget.
You should absolutely determine your budget before jumping into planning. If you’re planning a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding, you will have three tiers of celebration packages to choose from that have restrictions on the size of your party. You also need to consider the budgets of your friends and family. Will they be able to afford the destination of your choice and all the necessary accommodations? Disney offers options for hotel blocks, but they won’t typically confirm the dates until about 12 months prior or even less so you should be prepared for that as well.
3. Do your research so you can keep up!
There is a book called Passporter’s Disney Weddings & Honeymoons written by Carrie Hayward, who also offers podcasts on the subject that can prepare you for everything you will need to take care of to plan your wedding and work efficiently alongside your helpers at Disney. With a timeline that is shorter than most venues, it will save you a lot of stress to be equipped with as much information as possible in order to keep up with their processing speed.
4. Become a part of the community.
Find other couples that have had their wedding at Disney to acquire tips, tricks, and other valuable advice. You may be surprised at how rapidly you get responses to the questions you need answers to on Facebook groups dedicated to Disney weddings like DisBrides and DisGrooms. Having extra support from people who have been through the process themselves can’t hurt and they may even give you new ideas you haven’t considered.
5. Choose your “enhancements”.
Disney is all about the icing on the cake and they have many wedding enhancements to choose from including a visit from your favorite characters, an entrance in Cinderella’s Carriage, photo shoots or even a group ride on one of your favorite attractions. (A special reminder of tip #2 here as prices can add up quickly!)
6. Double-check the details!
Photography, DJ, florals, videography, catering– the list goes on and on. Make sure you are double and even triple-checking that everything is happening on the correct dates and times to avoid any wedding mishaps. There are a lot of moving parts that create a wedding and sometimes it’s easy for things to get mixed up. Set reminders on your phone or on your calendar and make regular phone calls to ensure everything is on track for the big day. Disney will give you a BEO (Banquet Event Order) and you can consider this the bible of your wedding. This is very important because if something is not on the BEO- it will not be included in the wedding!
There is much to do when planning a wedding but when you choose to plan with Disney, you will have the help of their experts on your side that will work with you to make your dreams a reality. Follow these tips and you will be right on track with having the wedding you’ve always wanted!
Guest Blogger: Abby Drexler is a contributing writer and media specialist for Magical Travel. She regularly produces content for a variety of lifestyle blogs to bring the magic of Disney to their readers.